Skin tags are small growths or flaps of skin that are usually found around the neck, eyes, armpits, breasts, or groin.
These growths, which are believed to be caused by friction, skin irritation, obesity and even genetics, are harmless and affect one in four people. However, many people find them annoying, while others would like them to leave for cosmetic reasons.
Although you can visit your doctor to have skin tags burned, cut, or frozen, home methods are generally much gentler and more cost-effective. Here are 8 home remedies to remedies to with minimal effort:
1. Apple cider vinegar
This incredibly versatile fermented vinegar is both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, making it a great option for First, wash and dry the area around the tag thoroughly. Dab some apple cider vinegar to a cotton ball and dab on the bump. You can secure or keep the cotton ball in place for up to 15 minutes. Repeat this procedure three times a day until the skin mark darkens, dries out, and eventually falls off.
Avoid using apple cider vinegar to treat skin tags near the eyes.
Further Reading: 5 Ways Apple Cider Vinegar Works Wonders For Your Skin
2. Vitamin E oil
A powerful antioxidant with important properties for skin health, vitamin E can be applied topically to skin tags.
Use a pure, high-quality liquid vitamin E that is specifically formulated for topical treatment (rather than breaking open a capsule for oral use), like this bottle of Jason's Vitamin E Oil.
Apply the liquid to the skin tag and cover it with a bandage. Change the bandage and vitamin E oil every day after cleaning the affected area. Repeat this process daily for several weeks or months until the label wears off.
3. Tea tree oil
Tea tree, an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic oil, has been used medicinally for centuries to fix all kinds of ailments. It is particularly effective in treating skin disorders, and is known to remove skin tags in a matter of weeks with daily application.
Simply soak a Q-tip in tea tree oil (like this bottle of Tea Tree Oil from Plant Therapy) and apply it gently to the skin tag three times a day, holding it in place for up to 10 minutes. Using a Q-tip means that the oil will not come into contact with the skin around the tag. This is especially important for those who have sensitive skin, as they may find undiluted tea tree oil to be irritating. Most people, however, will have no reaction.
If tea tree oil is causing irritation, mix it with a soothing carrier oil like coconut before applying it topically. Please note that this may prolong the treatment time.
4. Oil of Oregano
Oil of oregano is a fantastic antifungal that can offer relief from various skin conditions, including skin tags.
Make a homemade oregano oil by letting the fresh oregano infuse with olive oil for several weeks, before straining it. Alternatively, dilute oregano essential oil with a base oil such as jojoba or sweet almond.
Apply this oil directly to your skin tag three times a day. Allow to air dry before covering with a dressing or bandage. Repeat this process daily until the skin mark dries and falls off.
Liquid iodine, like this Life Plo Liquid Yodine, can be painted onto skin tags or warts once a day. Some say that the marks on the skin fall off within a few days of the initial application!
Iodine is a natural element that breaks down skin cells and causes them to shed safely. Avoid applying the iodine to the surrounding skin - you can do this by rubbing a coconut oil barrier over healthy skin, before applying the iodine with a swab on the label.
This stinky herb is a fantastic natural medicine to keep in your pantry. It has antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties.
The juice released from a crushed garlic clove is believed to remove both warts and skin tags naturally within a few weeks.
Just crush a garlic clove and soak it with a cotton ball. Apply it at night to the skin tag and cover it with a bandage. You'll want to wash it off in the morning to remove the pungent smell of garlic!
Repeat the process the next night before taking a two-night break to reduce the risk of skin irritation. If desired, you can alternate the garlic treatment and the more calming vitamin E oil treatment.
7. Dandelion juice
Although dandelions are viewed by many as a nuisance garden weed, they have many health benefits and uses.
Dandelions can be effective in due to their rich vitamin and mineral content, which can help break down and remove excess skin tissue.
Harvest fresh dandelion by pulling the plant out of the ground and gently squeezing the root to extract its milky sap. Apply three drops to the skin tag three times a day. The label should completely disappear with just four weeks of continuous application.
8. Coconut oil
There are many reasons to put this tropical oil on your skin.
Contains lauric acid - a powerful antimicrobial, which kills viruses, bacteria, protozoa, and fungi by dissolving their cell walls.
Rub coconut oil into skin tags every night before bed, and the mark should be greatly reduced, or gone, within a few weeks.
Coconut oil also works to remove warts in the same way.
What not to do
Avoid grabbing the labels or trying to cut them. If you do this, you are increasing the risk of scars and infections.
If a treatment, whether natural or over the counter, is causing pain, skin irritation, or bleeding, discontinue use. Milder options, such as coconut oil or vitamin E oil, may be more suitable for those with sensitive skin. Marks on the skin around the eye or other sensitive area may also require this procedure.
Don't forget that skin tags are harmless, so if yours don't bother you, you don't need to remove them. As with any skin growth, see your doctor or dermatologist if there is a visible change in your appearance, or if they begin to cause pain.
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Skin tags are small growths or flaps of skin that are usually found around the neck, eyes, armpits, breasts, or groin. These growths, which are believed to be caused by friction, skin irritation, obesity and even genetics, are harmless and affect on...